Tigers begin preseason camp in 10 days
Coaching addition brings NFL & collegiate playing, coaching experience
Get ready for your 2014 Memphis Tigers football season with this behind-the-scenes look at the team's winter and summer workouts.
Don't miss the 2014 season opener on August 30 when the Tigers host Austin Peay at 6 PM at the Liberty Bowl!
Ricky Hunley, a College Football Hall of Fame inductee who has close to 20 years of collegiate and professional coaching experience, is in his second year as the University of Memphis' defensive line coach.
In his first season Memphis equaled a school record for victories, posting a 10-3 record and capturing the program’s first conference title since 1971. Memphis capped the season with a 55-48, double-overtime victory over BYU in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl.
In 2014, Memphis ranked 11th in FBS Football in scoring defense, allowing just 195 points per game. The Tigers ranked 27th nationally in total defense, giving up 349.5 yards an outing. Memphis’ 106.31 defensive pass efficiency rating led the American Athletic Conference and ranked eighth nationally while the Tigers’ 121.5 rushing defense average was 19th nationally.
Hunley coached senior Martin Ifedi who set the Memphis career record with 22.5 quarterback sacks. His 36 career tackles for lost yardage ranks fourth all-time at Memphis. Despite an injury which sidelined him for four games, Ifedi was named to the 2014 American Athletic Conference First Team, as chosen by the league’s coaches.
Ifedi was one of three Memphis players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in 2015.
Hunley, who played seven seasons in the NFL, joined the Tiger coaching staff after spending the previous two years working as a lead coach and instructor for Football University, the creators of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Prior to his tenure with Football University he was the assistant linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2011.
Before joining the Oakland coaching staff, Hunley was a defensive coordinator in the United Football League with the California Redwoods (2009) and the Sacramento Mountain Lions (2010).
His NFL experience also includes a five-year stint as the linebackers coach of the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-07) and one season as the defensive line coach for the Washington Redskins (2002).
The 2005 Cincinnati Bengals were AFC North Champions, advanced to the NFL Playoffs and ranked No. 1 in the NFL in interceptions (31), No. 1 in takeaways (44) and No. 6 in fumbles recovered (13).
The 2004 Bengals ranked No. 3 in the NFL in takeaways (36) and No. 13 in passing passing defense (206.4). During Hunley's first season with Cincinnati, the Bengals accomplished one of the best one-year turnarounds in NFL history, going from 2-14 in 2002 to 8-8 (+6).
The 2002 Washington Redskins ranked No. 5 in the NFL in total defense (299.2 ypg) and No. 5 in passing defense (189.6 ypg).
His collegiate coaching experience includes stops at Florida (2001) and Missouri (1994-2000). Hunley coached defensive linemen at Florida after previously coaching the D-Line and linebackers at Missouri. He was also the associate head coach at Mizzou his final three years (1998-00).
During Hunley's season with Florida, the Gators won the FedEx Orange Bowl.
Hunley began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at USC (1992-93) and gained experience through the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship program working with the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburg Steelers during his career.
Hunley was a first-round draft pick (seventh overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals and had a seven-year playing career in the NFL playing for the Denver Broncos (1984-87), Phoenix Cardinals (1988) and the Oakland Raiders (1989-90). He played in 91 career games with 30 starts and played in two Super Bowls. He was elected executive vice president of the NFL Players Association, serving a term from 1990-92.
A two-time NCAA Consensus All-American linebacker and Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year at Arizona, Hunley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
Hunley and wife Camille have two daughters, Alexis and Kenady.